Adobe RGB vs sRGB

Adobe RGB vs sRGB

A flower in a garden.

The subject of this photo isn’t as important as what it depicts. The left side was shot with my camera (Nikon D2X) set to the Adobe RGB color space, the right side set to sRGB.

Now, I know next to nothing about color spaces and gamuts, but look at the difference!

When I set-up my camera after purchase, I read the following:

Adobe RGB – This color space is capable of expressing a wider gamut of colors than sRGB, making it the preferred choice of images that will be extensively processed or retouched.

That’s me I thought – but now I learn:

sRGB is recommended when taking photographs that will be printed without modification or viewed in applications that do not support color management … Adobe RGB photographs can also be printed/viewed … but colors will not be as vivid.

So I strongly urge you to check, and play, with your color profile settings if they are available on your camera, including the color modes.

Remarkably, these shots weren’t taken using a tripod, and they were taken 5 minutes or so apart. No image manipulation with regards to sharpening, color/levels adjustment was done, just a simple overlay.


  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Camera: NIKON D2X
  • Taken: 6 December, 2006
  • Focal length: 150mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/1500s

Well done!

You clicked the ‘+’! Well done you!

I’ve been wondering if anyone ever clicked that thing, now I know – thanks!

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